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Defending the Seas of Freedom

Denny Gale Hopkins

For those who have dedicated themselves to military service and uphold the proud warrior tradition of the Potawatomi, we honor the brave with the title of Wédasé (Strong Hearted). With distinguished military service in the United States Navy, this honor is extended to Denny Gale Hopkins. Serving as quartermaster on the USS Aludra during the Vietnam War, Petty Officer Hopkins received numerous commendations including the National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.